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Knowledge, skills, and intellectual inquiry are essential to prepare all students for an increased role in society. Shepherd is committed to ensuring that students have opportunities to apply abstract theories and skills learned in the classroom to real employment situations, and to providing students external and internal opportunities for the discovery, acquisition, and application of knowledge beneficial to society.

The Assistant Provost for Distance Education and Strategic Research Initiatives serves as a liaison between the university and external research partners, matching the interests of Shepherd students and faculty with the opportunities and needs of those external partners. The Assistant Provost also works with deans and faculty to introduce, develop, and implement new strategic research initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Please direct inquiries to:
Dr. Jason Best
Assistant Provost for Distance Education and Strategic Research Initiatives
Email: jbest@shepherd.edu
Phone: 304-876-5331
Office: Byrd Science Center 115